At the beginning of 2013, Todd Caldwell took over the helm at Emblem after nearly 10 years as a Chief Designer. Emblem specializes in lush, classic florals - often with a botanical twist for large scale events and clients’ homes. Todd was born in Florida and raised on a marshland research station at Delta Beach, Manitoba before moving to Winnipeg with his family. From the time he could walk, Todd spent time in the field with his biologist father which provided him with a deep love and understanding of botany and the natural world. Todd first cut his teeth in design in early adolescence when he created formal gardens on his family’s 5 acre property. At the beginning of his career, he worked in greenhouses and landscaping before working with a landscape architect in Dublin, Ireland. Todd arrived on the Toronto floral design scene in 1999 where he worked for two prominent studios before joining the team at Emblem.
Sue Clarkson The Garden Club of Toronto
Sue Clarkson is an award winning floral designer who recently won silver representing Canada in the international class at Canada Blooms 2013. Sue is a certified Floral Design Judge and Horticultural Judge who has regularly taught floral design and horticulture courses/workshops at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, The Garden Club of Toronto, and to various community groups. For many years, Sue was involved with The Art Gallery of Ontario as a buyer of gallery gifts for both the Gallery gift shop and for special exhibits such as The Barnes Exhibit, Degas, and Turner. She is an experienced printmaker, oil, and water colour painter. She has been a member of The Garden Club of Toronto for fourteen years and feels that her fine art background has helped foster her love of floral design.
Joseph is the owner and creative director at eco|stems. In the Spring of 2009 Joseph opened a flower shop with a conscience. As the owner and creative director he wanted to make sure eco|stems reflected his personal values of environmental and social sustainability without compromising the style and beauty of flowers. He has a passion for flowers, nature and the environment!
Joseph has 15 years’ experience with floral design and horticulture and is an award-winning floral designer. He has studied floral design at Seneca College and Horticulture at Niagara College. Is a member of the Canadian Academy of Floral Art (CAFA), is the chair of the Seneca College Floral Design Program Advisory Committee as well as a Toronto Master Gardener. He's an avid cyclist and balcony gardener living in downtown Toronto.
Bruno's approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry.
His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and A-list celebrities in Canada as well as international glitterati such as Rene Zellweger, Patti LaBelle, Sir Elton John and Shania Twain.
Bruno frequently appears on local and national television programs, and gives floral demonstrations at Home and Garden shows. He is also a regular contributor to magazines in Australia, Canada and the United States, where his seasonal decor and wedding work are prominently featured.
As one of Canada’s leading floral designers, and founder of Horticultural Design Inc. Canada’s first environmentally friendly garden lifestyle store, Michael Renaud has also had his work featured in film, television, newspapers and magazines, and is a regular contributor to Cityline, House and Home TV, and HGTV.
With a distinguished and dedicated clientele, Michael Renaud is known for creating inspired floral designs of exceptional design and quality, and has had his work featured by the Junior League of Toronto’s Designer Showhouse and other national organizations. A popular instructor at Horticultural Design and guest speaker at Toronto Botanical Gardens. Mr.Renaud also raises money for non-profit organizations and both local and international causes.
Margaret Taylor The Garden Club of Toronto
For over 15 years Margaret Taylor’s passion for flowers has led her to exhibit, judge, demonstrate and teach floral design in Canada and abroad. A recipient of many awards, Margaret’s most recent accolades include Canada Blooms’ Founder’s Gold Cup for Best in Show and the Madelaine Weir Foy award for 2013. She has also been awarded Best in Show at the provincial level and has represented Canada at the World Association of Flower Arranger’s triennial show. Margaret is currently a floral design judge accredited by the Garden Clubs of Ontario, a horticultural judge accredited by the Royal Botanical Gardens, and a rose judge accredited by the Canadian Rose Society. Much lauded for her design acumen by the horticultural community, Margaret is a past President of the Garden Club of Toronto and is a Coordinator of Floral Design Studies at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.